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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Architects’ questions on design, sustainability for federal candidates

Architects’ questions on design, sustainability for federal candidates

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), which advocates for excellence in the built environment, would like to see architecture and urban design addressed by candidates in the current federal election campaign. According to RAIC, the way we plan, design, build and integrate our buildings and infrastructure has a “significant impact” on quality of life,… Continue Reading

Canada’s housing market resilient, uneven: RBC

Canada’s housing market resilient, uneven: RBC

Becoming the owner of a single detached home in Toronto or Vancouver became a little less possible in the second quarter of this year, but in other parts of the country affordability improved slightly. Generally, according to the latest RBC housing affordability report, trends have been “fairly flat” since 2010. Outside of Toronto and Vancouver,… Continue Reading

No glut, no shortage in Canada’s housing supply: BMO

No glut, no shortage in Canada’s housing supply: BMO

A senior economist with BMO Capital Markets poses three rhetorical questions about the state of the real estate market in Canada, and particularly in Toronto. Too much construction? Too many condos? Too many listings? The questions refer to the three perennial fears that “plague” the Canadian housing market, says Sal Guatieri in a special report… Continue Reading

Great neighbourhoods are inclusive, diverse, interesting

Great neighbourhoods are inclusive, diverse, interesting

Torontonians like to think of their city as one of many interesting neighbourhoods. Queen Street West, for example, is considered a “great” neighbourhood, but what does that mean, in city planning terms? For one thing, it has a variety of “functional attributes” that contribute to residents’ day-to-day living: in other words, there’s a lot going… Continue Reading

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Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

Rental Fairness Act: Act of kindness, or barrier to affordable housing? Either way, it will change everything for renters.

With 1.2 million rental households in Ontario, frequently rented from condo-owners, the stakes are high for Ontario residents in a “fairness” rental act. Ontario is following through on their announcements of rent control reform. A news release from Ontario’s Ministry of Housing makes it clear The Rental Fairness Act, 2017, is a coming reality. It’s safe…

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Ask the Lawyer: Condo owner worried about legalization of marijuana, if “every household can grow 4 plants… damage could be vast”

Reader Question “I have one concern that is up coming and both Property Management Corp and the Board of Directors should address: it is the legalization of marijuana. With that, every household can grow 4 plants at home. However, if we allow growth of marijuana in a condo unit, the damage could be vast; affecting…

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printed homes from recycled materials are both green and economical; ideal for low-cost housing?

3D printing is not new to the construction industry, although a new development from Apis Cor may make it more practical for some applications such as low-cost housing in Municipalities. Unlike older 3D printers, which run on tracks inside “factories” to produce components, the Apis Cor is the first 3D printer that is mobile enough…

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